Saturday, November 09, 2019

New YouTube terms of service have language about when "provision of this Service to you is no longer commercially viable"; do all videos have to be monetizable? Or is this a rhetorical CYA?

Tim Pool (Timcast) followed through on the removal of some of his materials with respect to the whistleblower issue yesterday.

At 13:55 he makes reference to the YouTube Terms of Service change on Dec. 10, 2019 (Tuesday).
YouTube says that it may deny parts of the service to a user if “provision of the Service to you is no longer commercially viable”.  Some people (even Pool) have truncated this to say “you’re no longer commercially viable”, for example.

I hope this is just a rhetorical statement for extreme circumstances (earlier in the Terms, YouTube mentions “bad actors”).  But some people could wonder, does this mean that they don’t want to allow uploads except from commercial interests that want to monetize (they don’t want commercial speech, only selling things).  You could wonder how the Blogger platform makes money now (because most users of it don’t seem to have the Adsense service, at least from what I have seen).

Long term concerns like this provide one reason why I started to migrate more material to hosted Wordpress domains in May 2016 (six months before Trump won).

Youtube may well also be thinking about how it will deal with the EU Copyright Directive as it gets implemented by country.  One solution is to restrict who can post videos to "professionals" and allow people to "apply" first.  I wonder if that is down the path even for the US.  Susan Wojcicki had warned about the implication of Article 13 (now 17) back in October 2018.
I do have a lot of small videos which embed into one of my Wordpress blogs as a log of my own work (I would obviously hate for them to disappear).  There are not enough subscribers to make it monetizable and I have not personally needed that anyway.  Yet, the use of the system this way by persons like me might have an effect on how the whole ecosystem is viewed. Most of the embeds on the other blogs are from larger sources.

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